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DeFazio among candidates to file for office on first day

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Thursday was the first day that Oregon candidates could file to run in the May primary. Among the dozens of office-seekers throwing their name in the ring was longtime Congressman Peter DeFazio.

DeFazio is a Democrat from Springfield and he’s represented Oregon’s Fourth Congressional District since 1987. If he wins re-election, it would be his 18th term in office.

Several Republicans have said they want to unseat DeFazio, including Alek Skarlatos, a veteran who gained fame for his role in thwarting a terrorist attack in a French train.

DeFazio said he’s confident in his ability to win another term, but he isn’t taking anything for granted. “I’ve had a full-time campaign for years, but I’ve geared up earlier than ever," he said. "I’ve already got a field director, I’ve already got a communications director.”

After serving in the minority in Washington for years, DeFazio won a role as the chair of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee in January after Democrats regained control of the chamber in the 2018 elections.

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